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Jan 20, 2011 11:32 AM by KAJ Media Center

Judge throws out Barkus plea deal

KALISPELL - A judge has rejected a plea deal in the case of Montana Senator Greg Barkus.

Judge John McKeon of Malta issued the ruling Thursday morning and Barkus' attorney, Todd Glazier has agreed to go ahead with the sentencing hearing, with the option of withdrawing Barkus' plea in the case if they don't like the sentence meted out.

McKeon said last month that he would not issue a ruling on the agreement until he reviewed the results of that investigation. The judge also stated that he would not rule to dismiss the two additional felony counts until the investigation was complete.

Barkus is accused of driving his boat drunk and crashing it onto the rocks near Bigfork in 2009. Congressman Denny Rehberg, his two aids and Barkus wife were all injured in the crash.

The rejected plea agreement called for Barkus to receive three years of probation and restitution on a felony charge of criminal endangerment.

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